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Forced Water System Consolidation [Infrastructure Innovation and Investment]

Budget trailer bill language, unveiled May 18 by the California Department of Finance, would empower the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) to require the consolidation of water systems it determines are failing to reliably provide an adequate supply of safe drinking water.

CSDA met with administration officials on May 20 to discuss the proposal, Budget Trailer Bill 825, and submitted a letter to the Governor May 21 outlining the comments provided during that meeting. This highly complex issue is unrelated to the State Budget and should be considered through the deliberative legislative policy process, rather than a truncated two-week budget process. With the June 15 constitutional State Budget deadline looming, CSDA has registered opposition to Budget Trailer Bill 825.

Ill-conceived alterations to this area of law could exacerbate, rather than resolve, the plight of communities. If passed, Budget Trailer Bill 825 would place water rights in jeopardy and expose ratepayers to unlimited liabilities. CSDA appreciates the goal of this legislation to find solutions to failing water systems and stands prepared to work constructively with stakeholders toward that end.

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